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Laurenti Magesa – the Passing of Seminal Figure in African Theology

Few hours to his death on Thursday, August 11, Fr. Prof. Laurenti Magesa Corneli who has been described as “the Giant of African Theology” remained the humble man he had been all his life, the President of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM) has said in his tribute to the late Tanzanian-born Theologian. He had just turned…

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Ghanaian Missionary Cardinal – Periphery Put on the Map

“From the surprise, I came to accept it as an invitation to serve,” the member of the Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers) said, adding, “As a Priest, that is my first calling, to serve God, to serve his people.” Being named a Cardinal, he emphasized, is “an opportunity to continue that service in that capacity.” “I’ll be…

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US Bishops in Renewed Pledge of Solidarity with African Church

“Considering the challenges and opportunities that Africa faces and considering the strong bonds of communion that the church in the U.S. and Africa share, we believe now is the time for us as the Catholic Church in the United States to renew our solidarity with the church and the people of this land,” reads the…

AMECEA: Care of Creation Central Theme of Discussion
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AMECEA: Care of Creation Central Theme of Discussion

The Encyclical Letter of Pope Francis on the “care for our common home”, Laudato Si’, has had a “great” impact in the Eastern Africa region, the Chairman of the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) has said.  In his keynote speech at the opening of 20th Plenary Assembly of AMECEA on Monday, July 11, Bishop Charles…

Two Remarkable New African Cardinals
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Two Remarkable New African Cardinals

Bishop Okpaleke is the pioneer Local Ordinary of Nigeria’s Ekwulobia Diocese that was erected on 5 March 2020.  The 59-year-old Nigerian Bishop was appointed the Local Ordinary of Ahiara Diocese in December 2012. His appointment was rejected by a section of Clergy and Laity of the Nigerian Diocese. The rejection of the Clergy of Nigeria’s Awka Diocese…

General Chapter Diary – A hopeful Vision of the Future
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General Chapter Diary – A hopeful Vision of the Future

Currently the General Chapter of the Mill Hill Missionaries being held in Abingdon, UK, is receiving the reports of the General Council. Andrew Mukulu, the Councillor for Africa, shared his vision of the future: Looking to the FutureEven within a space of 7 years 2015-2022, a lot has changed on the African Continent. Ourmission has…

Interreligious Dialogue Path to Peace – CAR Cardinal
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Interreligious Dialogue Path to Peace – CAR Cardinal

“Interreligious dialogue is an indispensable path to peace building in the world today and deserves to be considered an absolute necessity and the deepest aspiration of the human race,” Cardinal Nzapalainga said. In his lecture titled, “Interreligious Dialogue at the Service of Peace for a New Humanism”, the Cardinal added that with the health crisis…

40 Million Africans Have Fallen into Extreme Poverty – African Bishops
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40 Million Africans Have Fallen into Extreme Poverty – African Bishops

Today’s SECAM statement is signed by Bishop Sithembele Sipuka of Mthatha, the first vice president of SECAM and the commission chair. Debt relief and COVID-19 and climate change aid for African countries are at the core of what the conference is calling for. The statement notes 40 million Africans have fallen into extreme poverty during…

Oil Palm (Elaeis Guineensis) – A History Painted in Shades of Gold
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Oil Palm (Elaeis Guineensis) – A History Painted in Shades of Gold

For thousands of years, the oil palm – indigenous to West Africa – has had an intimate relationship with people. An explosive expansion of oil palm groves throughout western and central Africa in the wake of a dry period around 2,500 years ago enabled human migration and agricultural development; in turn, humans facilitated oil palm propagation through…